Next-Generation Genesis G80 Coming In September Without The V8
MAY 19, 2019
BY: JACOB OLIVA
At least the G90 will have the V8 for a few more years.
Genesis, Hyundai's premium arm, is putting an end to its Tau V8 engine. The naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter power plant is expected to be axed in the upcoming next-generation G80 sedan (spy images in the gallery below) which will be revealed in September of this year.
In a report by Car and Driver, Genesis CEO Manfred Fitzgerald said that the second-generation G80, which start as a second-generation Hyundai Genesis before becoming rebranded as a standalone luxury brand, will keep its Lambda V6 engine to top its range.As a silver lining, the Tau V8 engine will continue to be used in the facelifted Genesis G90 for a few more years. In Korea, a naturally-aspirated legacy V8 engine is being sold with the updated G90 that produces 420 horsepower. But that's the end of the line for the V8 – No turbocharging. No further developments. Nada. Zilch.
"We really have to pay close attention to markets and legislation and hedge our bets. Don't expect another evolution of the V-8," Fitzgerald said to Car and Driver.